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The Accursed (1957)

The Traitor (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Mystery | 13 July 1958 (USA)
Survivors of the World War 2 German Resistance Group attend an annual reunion at an English country house. The reunion is hosted by Colonel Price, who intends to find out which guest had betrayed their leader.

Directors:

Gilbert Gunn (uncredited), Michael McCarthy

Writers:

Michael McCarthy (original story), Michael McCarthy (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Wolfit ... Colonel Price
Robert Bray ... Major Shane
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Vicki Toller
Anton Diffring ... Joseph Brezina
Carl Jaffe ... Stefan Toller
Karel Stepanek ... Friederich Suderman
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Thomas Rilke
Christopher Lee ... Doctor Neumann
Frederick Schiller Frederick Schiller ... Alfred Baum
Rupert Davies ... Clinton
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Lieut. Grant
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Theodore Dehmel
Dennis Edwards Dennis Edwards ... Man Cutting Down Zimmerman's Body
Fletcher Lightfoot Fletcher Lightfoot ... Man Giving Suderman Telegram
Marie Lightfoot Marie Lightfoot ... Nurse
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Storyline

Every year, Colonel Price holds a reunion dinner at his English house for the members (mostly German) of the anti-Nazi resistance group he co-ordinated during the war. He took over the group in 1943 when the man who founded it was murdered by the Nazis. But now he has learned that his predecessor was betrayed by someone in the group, and he intends to devote this year's reunion to finding out who it was. Written by anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Accursed See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Colonel Price's house, where the majority of this movie is set, is The Edgwarebury Hotel. This is the same location as the Eaton's house in The Devil Rides Out (1968), also featuring Sir Christopher Lee. See more »

Goofs

When Shane is speaking to Col. Price, Shane puts a spoon into his coffee cup as seen from a side angle. When shown from the front, Shane is holding the handle of the cup and the spoon is not in it. When the angle switches back to the side shot, the spoon is again in the coffee cup. See more »

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Prelude Without A Name
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Written and Conducted by Jackie Brown
Solo Pianist Dennis Wilson
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Good cast overcomes claustrophobic script
21 December 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1957's "The Traitor" centers on a small band of resistance fighters whose leader was murdered by the Nazis after being betrayed by one of their members. Every year since the war's end, they all gather together in the English country home of Colonel Charles Price (Donald Wolfit), except that this time, the Colonel expects a visit from one Theodore Dehmel (Colin Croft), who will be flying in from Berlin, having discovered the traitor's identity. As had been the case during wartime, Price intends to dispense justice himself without any police involvement, but Dehmer arrives and promptly expires with a knife in his back, uttering the mysterious words, 'There's been a mistake.' Once the characters are introduced in the opening reel, the scene never leaves the Colonel's home, making for a claustrophobic screenplay that benefits hugely from its exceptional cast. As another commentator noted, the solution is ingenious, but without any concrete evidence that points to the guilty party. Most of the group are established as being German, except for the Swiss Alfred Baum (Frederick Schiller) and the Polish Joseph Brezina (Anton Diffring), the latter a brilliant concert pianist, allowing Diffring to display a more sympathetic side to his normally villainous countenance. The most notable supporting player is Christopher Lee, still a few months before his star making turn in Hammer's "The Curse of Frankenstein," and sporting a flawless German accent as Doctor Neumann, whose presence no doubt inspired the American distributor to change the generic British title from "The Traitor" to "The Accursed," giving it more of a horror slant. Seldom seen since the old days of black and white television, its obscurity seems destined to continue.


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